By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Flurbiprofen

    Overview Ansaid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. Medications in this class are used to relieve pain associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, headaches, minor surgery, bursitis, …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Ipratropium bromide

    Overview Atrovent is an inhaled medication used to open the airways in chronic conditions like asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is generally used as preventive or maintenance therapy, rath…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 4 Comments
    Lansoprazole

    Overview Prevacid, like Prilosec, fights acid secretion by blocking the final step. This so-called proton pump is prescribed for the short-term treatment of duodenal ulcer, inflammation of the esopha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Medroxyprogesterone

    Overview Provera is derived from a natural female hormone, progesterone. It is prescribed to bring on menstrual periods or treat abnormal uterine bleeding. Although other uses have not yet been approv…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 11 Comments
    Naproxen sodium

    Overview Anaprox is a pain reliever used for arthritis, menstrual cramps, headaches, dental surgery, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains, strains and other painful conditions. It belongs to a class of medic…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Nitroglycerin sublingual tablets

    Overview Nitrostat is prescribed to people who suffer chest pain due to angina. It is used both for prevention and to treat an acute attack. The medication is taken by holding it under the tongue at t…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Nizatidine

    Overview Axid is a popular treatment for ulcers that helps them clear up rapidly. It works in part by suppressing the secretion of stomach acid by blocking histamine receptors in the digestive tract (…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 221 Comments
    Omeprazole

    Overview Prilosec is the first of a new class of drugs that combat acid secretion by blocking the final step. This so-called proton pump is prescribed for the short-term treatment of duodenal ulcer an…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 132 Comments
    Paroxetine

    Overview Paxil, like the earlier antidepressant Prozac, apparently works by enhancing the action of a brain chemical called serotonin. This medication is prescribed to treat major depression, and has …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 34 Comments
    Penicillin VK

    Overview Penicillin represents one of the most important drugs ever developed. Its discovery in 1946 permanently changed medicine and set the stage for man's ability to overcome what had previously be…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Phentermine

    Overview Phentermine is a fairly old prescription diet drug that has made a recent comeback. Although not an amphetamine, it is similar in many respects and is classified as a controlled substance. Ph…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 60 Comments
    Pravastatin

    Overview Pravachol (generic name pravastatin) is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 62 Comments
    Prednisone

    Overview Prednisone is available both by generic name and under several brand names. It is a corticosteroid, or hormone-like medication prescribed for a wide variety of conditions. Other cortisone-lik…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 17 Comments
    Propranolol

    Overview Inderal LA is a special long-acting formulation of a propranolol, the pre-eminent member of a class medicines called beta blockers. That means these drugs work in part by blunting the action …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Sildenafil

    Overview Viagra changed the way the world viewed impotence, now referred to as "erectile dysfunction." Although there were several medications to treat this condition before Viagra, none wer…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 4 Comments
    Tamoxifen

    Overview Nolvadex is a nonsteroidal agent with potent antiestrogenic properties. The antiestrogenic effects allow it to compete with estrogen for binding sites in target tissues, particularly the brea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Triamcinolone

    Overview Corticosteroids (cortisone-like drugs such as prednisone) are very effective at easing irritation and inflammation in the upper respiratory tract (nose and lungs). The problem with oral stero…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 28 Comments
    Zolpidem

    Overview Ambien is the first in a new class of sleeping medicines. It is prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Studies indicate that the stages of sleep approach normal in patients on A…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Raloxifene

    Overview Until fairly  recently, women at risk of osteoporosis had a difficult choice: taking estrogen strengthened the bones, but increased the risk of breast cancer. Evista belongs in a new categor…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 23 Comments
    Gemfibrozil

    Overview Lopid is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high serum ch…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 1999 2 Comments
    Wart Plaster for Splinters

    Here is another doctor-recommended home remedy. Russell Copelan, M.D., wrote about this one in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.* He suggests adhering a tiny piece of salicylic acid …